In the framework of a call for proposals on media freedom and pluralism, the European Commission selected four projects in 2013. Their activities started in early 2014 for a duration of one year. "Strengthening Journalists' Rights, Protections and Skills: Understanding Defamation Laws versus Press Freedom" was one of the selected projects.

The project results include the following publications:

In this first report, the International Press Institute (IPI) presents the findings from its in-depth research into defamation law and practice in the European Union (EU). They are presented in the form of a comparative analysis of defamation law in the 28 EU member states and EU candidate countries.

This report is accompanied by two related IPI documents. The first of these presents the results of an IPI perceptions study that collected the personal views and experiences of EU journalists on defamation laws and their application.

The second document summarises relevant international standards on freedom of expression and defamation, as originally developed in 2000 by the London-based civil society organisation ARTICLE 19. It also provides a briefing on the viewpoint on those standards expressed by leading international legal and intergovernmental bodies, with particular focus placed on the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

More information on the project can be found on its website.

Out of Balance: Defamation Law in the European Union - A comparative overview for journalists, civil society and policymakers
International Press Institute (IPI) January 2015
Lead author: Scott Griffen, IPI
Editors: Barbara Trionfi, Steven M. Ellis and Scott Griffen, IPI

cover of the Out of Balance publication

IPI and the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) have launched  a manual for lawyers and journalists on European legal standards related to freedom of expression and the protection of reputation. “Freedom of Expression, Media Law and Defamation

"Strengthening Journalists' Rights, Protections and Skills: Understanding Defamation Laws versus Press Freedom" was one of the projects selected in the framework of the call on media freedom and pluralism in 2013. Their activities started in early 2014 for a duration of one year.

More information on the Pilot Projects.

Project
Strengthening Journalists' Rights, Protections and Skills: Understanding Defamation Laws versus Press Freedom
Project coordinator
IPI
Project Acronym
ECPM